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Emergency Architecture and Development

Learn about participatory design, slum upgrading, post-conflict and post-disaster contexts

International Setting

A multicultural learning environment set in the heart of Barcelona

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The official Master of International Cooperation Sustainable Emergency Architecture is a unique MSc degree that prepares architects to develop and rebuild communities affected by rapid urbanization, poverty, conflict and natural disasters. The program forms part of the Erasmus Mundus European Cooperation Program and is located in Barcelona at the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (UIC).

Interdisciplinary and Interscalar

The only masters with a joint focus on international cooperation, sustainable urban development and emergency architecture that enables practitioners to manage projects with a holistic approach and ranging from the urban to the architectural scale.

Prestigious faculty

A prestigious roster of renowned international professors from the field of humanitarian architecture and design and the emergency and development sectors, as well as collaborating institutions and INGO’s, including UN-Habitat and the IFRC.

Multicultural environment

Much like our faculty, our students span over 30 different nationalities from both developed and developing countries around the world,  making for an exceptionally international and enriching learning environment, and a valuable professional network.

Job opportunities

A mandatory internship provides the connections and experience needed to secure positions in areas such as post-disaster and post-conflict contexts, foreign aid, human settlements, slum upgrading and infrastructure development.

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10+ Podcasts on Architecture, Social Design, Cities and Development

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Development by Design Conference with Clara Irazabal

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Next Monday January 16th, the second edition of our Development by Design conference continues with our second talk by Clara Irazabal, urban planning expert specialized in the Latin American informal…


Mapping Conflict with Teddy Cruz and Fonna Forman

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For those with an interest in bottom-up spatial practices, Teddy Cruz is a familiar name. For over two decades, the Guatemalan-born architect has researched conflict zones and cross-border urbanism, most…


Barcelona’s Successful Urban Model Neglected Peripheral Neighborhoods Like Sant Cosme

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From its 19th century grid expansion devised by the Catalan engineer that coined the term ‘urbanization’, to the urban renewal projects led by Manuel de Solà-Morales and Oriol Bohigas during…

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